Photos inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem from my November trip there with Carolyn and a Ginghamsburg team. Tens of thousands of Christians traditionally visit Manger Square in front of the church on Christmas Eve to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
Carolyn and I, along with Pastor Chris and Lisa Heckaman and the entire staff team, want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! This will be my 38th and final time as the lead pastor to celebrate Christmas Eve with my Ginghamsburg Church family and friends. What a privilege it continues to be! I always take seriously the responsibility of teaching God’s word – especially at Christmas when folks are often more spiritually open. Yet I have found myself this time spending even more time than usual in prayer and preparation for what God can and will do to reach those who are lost, lonely and struggling. I am filled with anticipation!
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday at the Tipp City Campus. Our worship times are 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10pm. We will also have one “family worship” at 9am on Christmas morning.
Our Fort McKinley Campus family celebrates Christmas Eve at 5:30 and 7pm, and The Point Campus at 5:30pm. The two campuses are joining for a 9am Christmas Day worship at the Fort.
May you have a Merry and Christ-filled Christmas! The best is yet to come.
Mike Slaughter is the almost four-decade chief dreamer and lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. Mike’s call to "afflict the comfortable" challenges Christians to wrestle with God and their God-destinies. His newest book is Down to Earth (Abingdon Press; 2016), a paradigm-shifting, four-week Advent study with Ginghamsburg Executive Pastor of Discipleship Rachel Billups. A Down to Earth DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study, Children’s Leader Guide and seasonal devotional are also available.